Sette Osteria
Sette Osteria

Sette Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://setteosteria.com/
  • Phone: 2024833070x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Brunch: Sat & Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sun-Thur 4:00pm -11:00pm Fri & Sat 5:00pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nico Amroune
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Contact the restaurant at 202-483-3070
  • Special Events: Please contact us for buy-outs and Happy hour/cocktail events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Connecticut avenue and R street
  • Public Transit: Red Line Dupont Circle stop; exit onto Q street (north end of station) and walk one block north on west side of Connecticut to Sette Osteria.
    We are on the southwest corner of Connecticut Avenue and R Street, two blocks north of Dupont Circle (formerly the location of the Janus movie theaters). Sette Osteria next to G-Star/ Emporium 2050.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Nightly complimentary parking service after 7:00pm - Entrance on R street - No SUV's
A word from Sette Osteria
Sette is Italian for seven, the traditional "lucky" number. The restaurant design is comfortable with a traditional Italian tone, and with a great "feel and flow." Sette Osteria is a destination place for people as well as a place for people walking in the area to come in and enjoy.



Decor: Sette Osteria has an open kitchen and an action station viewable by guests. Pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven.



The best decor in a restaurant is people. Windows give guests a view of the active passing scenes on busy Connecticut Avenue and R Streets. And, people walking by are able to view a very inviting and appealing restaurant. The decor is soft and appealing but still carries a theme of sophisticated Italian culture and international buzz. Guests can view the young people going in and out of the chic clothing stores Benetton and Sisley.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Sette Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (74)neighborhood gem (45)good for groups (30)great for lunch (26)great for brunch (19)fit for foodies (19)kid-friendly (18)special occasion (15)romantic (11)scenic view (10)notable wine list (9)hot spot (8)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Diappointed
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We picked the location as it had a good bottomless option and a great patio. The food was fine and the management was friendly and helpful; our waitress on the other hand completely and totally ruined our experience. She was 100% rude from the beginning of service and wanted us to be done as soon as our entrees were cleared. However four of the six of us were partaking in bottomless drinks and, as we had only been there about 90 minutes, we wanted to stay longer. While we sat with our water and drink glasses empty I finally asked a manager to assist us which she did with a smile. However that then made our waitress even more rude as she stormed over to our table and glared at us and made us feel extremely uncomfortable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 352 reviews are from the Sette Osteria reviews archive.
  • Delightful
    Dolcevita
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Sitting on the patio and enjoying the view and people was like an Italian movie. The service was attentive and not overbearing. The server knew we were not in a rush and was kind enough to give us time and gave excellent service. Food was sent out quickly and fresh. Everything was delightful. Go and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was great!
    l1680
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Ate here after graduation. The food was excellent. The service was a little bit lacking, but overall the restaurant was great. Definitely eating here again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • prego
    Stephen
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Good food with good value and excellent service. Well rounded menu with creative touches. Remarkable staff. Can be crowded at peak hours and thins out quickly after 9 pm weeknights.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Amazing, authentic, flavorful food...and the managers a gem
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lajr2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a great time. The maître de was fantastic, the staff very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Staff were attentive and friendly. Although the restaurant had a corkage fee, since Open Table reported that there was no corkage fee, the restaurant honored it. Earned my repeat business.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service needs some work
    Ckuehn
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Service was not that good we had to get up and ask for coffee, water, condiments on several different occasions. Waiters constantly reaching across you, which I understand when you have a large party in a crowded restaurant but not the first seating and a party of four. Bottomless balinii is not all that great if you have to get up and ask for one every time. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • European style and seating
    SuZeQuZeVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    For those who miss European dining al fresco -- with its sit-anywhere seating, friendly but unobtrusive seating, and excellent simple food -- Sette Osteria is a find.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Menu
    WashDCItalian
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    On our Wash DC visit I was not sure of where to dine. I tried Zagat listing but found Sette Osteria in my Westin Hotel listing of suggested restaurants. A great menu with classic Italian, very nice specials and reasonable prices. Local and friendly atmosphere with great service. We enjoyed our meal so much we return the following night and enjoyed another great meal.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Sette Osteria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Sette is where I always ask to go on my birthday, and occasionally a happy hour with a dear friend who used to live in Europe for many years, but since I have been doing consulting nearby, it's also where I've been meeting people for lunch. On this last trip, my former colleagues and I split a spinach salad and the four cheeses pizza (adding arugula to it). She also took home an order of tiramisu for her husband, who is very fond of their food as well. Recently the menu has expanded but still the same wonderful food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I took my girlfriend to Sette Osteria for her birthday, it was perfect. The outside seating is nice --- it is in the city, so the street noise is the ambiance for outside. The food was delicious and the right price, as was the wine. The bartender came over to discuss several different wines that made sense for our occasion. 5/5 will eat there again.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    d6161
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My friends and I went here for brunch over the weekend, the weather was really nice, so we sat outside on their patio. Food was great, and a plus that they had bottomless drinks! Although, I do have to say, we shouldn't have to keep asking for them to re-fill our glasses if we have bottomless...
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Leisurely Italian meal
    Tablefor17
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    If you enjoy inventive Italian presented in a beautiful way, Sette Osteria will please. We sat outside near a heater ( which they fussed with for a long time to get going). The service was attentive but we told theme we wanted to linger and we never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza's for luch
    ClevelandparkguruVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    relatives were touring Dc so to give them a break from the tourist places I decided to come to one of my fav dinner place except this was pizza at lunch time. Great food anytime. eating outside was extra special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING...
    italianlover
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    A friend recommended Sette osteria, and it turned out to be wonderful recommendation. The food was delicious. The prices reasonable, and the service friendly and helpful. Highly recommend the perfectly prepared and generous portion of Calamari. The Caesar Salad was uniquely and attractively presented with a delicious dressing. The cavatelli (sausage, peccorino, rapini) and gnocchi (tomato, fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella) is delicious! Tiramisu is the perfect ending to the meal.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Italian food, consistent
    DanManVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Have been to Sette several times in the last year and consistently get very tasty food from salad to pasta to pizza. The service is a little bit slow and it does get crowded but they do a good job overall and there's some great outdoor seating when the weather's good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Agree with Others
    WashDCGirl
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    After reading other reviews, I agree. The food is great, the service was super, and great typical Italian ambiance. Highly recommend. Can't wait to go back to try their pizzas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    kMaNVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    This was the first time I had been there. The bar was hoping, the place was busy and the food was good! Service was awesome, we had a corner table by the fire torch thingies. Awesome place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I went for brunch to Sette Osteria this weekend. Had never been there before so I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by excellent service and great brunch fare. I really enjoyed it. The went in when they opened around 11am and it was pretty empty but 30 minutes in it was bustling with people. In addition, the place is very open and you have a great view of the surrounding DuPont circle area. Really enjoyed it and will definitely check it out again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    DonaldDuck
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The area was really cramped. The waitress was horrible and the menus aren't well written. We ordered something that ended up being raw meat. We were told that there were no reflls
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise
    Dale
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Way too noisy, table of 4 could not hear each other.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great dinner spot
    CVdubs
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I had dinner here the night before my first half marathon (I wanted to carbo-load on pasta!) The food was excellent. Our waiter recommended the basil-pasta, which was a homemade basil-infused pasta, served with tomatoes, eggplant and onion. It was delicious. Their calamari appetizer is also very good. I also tried some of their gelato dessert - I especially loved the vanilla flavor! We went pretty early, but this place gets busy, so it is a good idea to make a reservation. Also, the location near Dupont circle is very convenient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good. But Cramped.
    Mark
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food and waitress were great. But my gf and I were basically being run over by patrons and other servers because they over-packed the floor. Better spacing would have made this a solid four star rating, and I'm sure it is at least that in the Spring and Summer when you can seat people outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lack of consistency
    KimbyVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We sat outside for brunch on a lovely spring day. The waitstaff was extremely slow to take our orders, even though the restaurant was largely empty. We ordered multiple bloody Marys throughout the meal and there was a very wide range of results. The first Bloody Marys to arrive were very small and somewhat watered down. As the meal progressed, the drinks got bigger and bigger until they were fullsized. The food was fine but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner/brunch
    CVdubs
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I went out to eat here the night before I ran my first half-marathon to carbo-load. The food was delicious, and our waiter was excellent. He recommended the Basil-pasta (homemade), and it was yummy, filling, yet also light. I also split the calamari appetizer and bruchetta plate, which were also delicious. I finished the meal with the gelato trio, which was a great ending to the meal. This restaurant had ample outdoor seating and is very close to the Dupont circle metro stop.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Brunch
    FirstTimeVisitor
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    First time visit - service, food, and ambience were just OK. Service was slow. Food was quick but arrived cold - including eggs and toast. - no butter, no jam for the toast either. When we finally tracked down the waitrress, she seemed annyoed to have to heat the toast and bring butter and jam. Wow .... A real let down. Very kid friendly - if that's what you want. Otherwise, pick another location. Therestaurant was not full so could have been relocated to another table if the waitress ever showed up. Get the impression that no on really cared whether food, service or ambience were good. Guess they'll get business regardless because of location but not from me. Don't think I'd to out of my way to go to Sette Osteria again. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for groups
    DelightfulVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Our server/bar tender Justin took GREAT care of us. I was with a group of 9 and everyone enjoyed their meal and the bottomless mimosas/bellinis were DIVINE! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleased
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were a large party that trickled in at different times throughout the span of an hour, and switched seating throughout our meal. The service was great. Everyone received their food and drink in a VERY timely manner, and the waiters remembered exactly who had ordered what. Very personable staff, good food, relaxed environment, and manageable prices. Would definitely recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good not amazing,
    CD26
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Food is good not amazing, but the pasta is more reasonably priced here compared to most other Italian restaurants. I had the basil pasta with eggplant and mozzarela. The pasta is a bit thick and heavy, but the dish has good overall flavor. Location is a plus. The service was pleasant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, moderate service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great food, amazing authentic tastes with full range of anitpasti, appetizers, pasta and sauces, and other entrees. The portions are large and the prices reasonable. But the service was lacking. Our server was never outwardly hostile, but he made it clear he'd rather be doing something other than waiting on us. He acted put out that we wanted to order appetizers before placing our order for entrees. After he took our order, we never saw him again. Someone from the kitchen brought the food, and someone from the bar brought our ticket. We served our own wine and water. Still a fun place with great food though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Bad
    sourak
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I think I was there on an off night. I watched several tables walk out due to non-service in front of me, but was too exhausted to leave and deal with a rebooking on a Saturday night. The food was worth the wait, though everything was a bit on the salty side. All in all a solid day-to-day place, but nothing special and not worth a reservation by any means.
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  • as always its a great place
    ClevelandparkguruVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    as always its a great place especially if you need an early dinner. Pasta dishes were excellent with a great bottle of red. Food and service are always tops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unfortunately, not that good a meal
    dferro
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The mussels, celery root soup, and linguine with seafood in a tomato sauce were good, but everything else was fair to mediocre. The bruschetta appetizer was extremely bland and boring, as was the Caesar salad: the lettuce was tasteless and lacking in crunch. The Contadina pizza lacked smokiness and that the eggplant was poorly cooked. The fettucini alfredo was extremely bland and boring; and the gorgonzola-mozzarella pizza came out way too hot and with a soggy crust. We ate inside, and we usually sit outside. Inside, the TVs were distracting and the music was too loud,. We have been to Sette before and have had much better meals and service. This is the only reason why we would return after this abysmal meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant has never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This restaurant has never let me down. My wife and I did one of our smaller receptions for our wedding at Sette and we were not let down. They provided have great entrees, tasty starters, and some of the best desserts in DC. Their cavatelli is absolutely amazing. I recommend everyone to try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We went as a group of 6 for brunch. All members of the group opted for the bottomless brunch and the waiters were very quick with the refills. The waiter was also very nice making several jokes with the table and making it a very pleasant atmosphere. I ordered the Norwegian Eggs Benedict. It may not be the very best brunch food I have ever tried but it was still very good and I would not hesitate to order it again. The rest of the table seemed to enjoy their meal also. The price was normal for brunch. I would recommend this place to others and will be back there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Find
    Alikat
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    After reading multiple reviews about so-so food and service I was nervous, however, I had a very positive experience. The food was delicious (my friend and I each ordered one of the homemade pasta dishes) and our service was attentive. We did wait at the bar for our table even with reservations, however, we had arrive about 15 minutes early and were seated about 20 minutes after arrival. We ordered the Valentine's Day special dessert which was fantastic. We also really enjoyed that they validate your parking in the valet garage right next door anytime after 7pm (this was especially helpful given that the metro stop across the street is closed at the present moment)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vday
    Andi
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went with my boyfriend for valentines. Obviously was crowded bit still absolutely lovely.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall not bad
    Center97
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took a date here for Valentine's Day. Service was prompt and professional. My date seemed to enjoy her pasta, but my steak was a huge disappointment. The atmosphere was good though and I would definitely go here again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for my husbands birthday
    Ashwini
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for my husbands birthday and the food was great! The service was not, I asked for angel hair pasta as a side and the waitress was rude and she looked disappointed to go get back another bowl. I know it was valentines day and we were a big group but i expect a friendly staff for service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic